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SG-W:/ Regarding a Referendum



Referenda can be excellent ways to assert the public interest.  One 
cautionary tale, however:

I recall, several years ago, when people in the City of Dearborn petitioned 
to overturn a City Council decision to rezone a particular piece of property 
to allow a condominium development.  The needed signatures were gathered, and 
an election date was set.  A vote of the people ultimately reversed the 
rezoning which had been passed by the Council.

Unfortunately, during the time required to do the referendum, the developer 
proceeded with breaking ground for his development and actually starting some 
construction.  He sued to overturn the referendum and prevailed.

The lesson?  You may need to get a temporary restraining order to prevent 
development until the referendum is voted upon.

Jack Smiley


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